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Lendle Connects Kindle Owners for Cross-Country Book Lending

You can lend books from your Kindle library to other Kindle users but it’s not always easy to find people with books you want. Lendle is a social network for Kindle readers to share books with each other.

If you have a Kindle (the physical Kindle or the software on your smartphone or computer) you can easily lend books to other Kindle users. The problem is that there is no good way for you to easily find out what books your friends have. Furthermore your friends simply may not be into books that you’re into. Enter Lendle, a free service that connects Kindle users across the US (currently the Kindle lending program is limited to US customers) so that they can share books with each other. Your real life friends may not be into vampire romance, for example, but plenty of people on Lendle are and would be happy to loan you books.

The only requirements for participation in the Lendle system are: Kindle ownership (either the physical or software-based Kindle) as books you’re willing to lend out. In addition to benefiting from other user’s libraries, Lendle also gives users a small credit when they lend a book–credits are redeemable as gift certificates. Hit up the link below to read more and sign up for a free Lendle account.


Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/29/11

Comments (6)

  1. Brian Ford

    Hi there. I’m one of the Lendle co-founders. We really appreciate the great writeup.

    I just wanted to drop a note and let everyone know that we’ll be launching our “Lendle 2.0” in early December. We’ve made a ton of improvements and we’ll be adding a very big social component — our twist on Book Clubs — and we think that all of this is going to add up to make the best lending site even better.

    Thanks again!

  2. Jason Fitzpatrick

    @Brian: Thanks for dropping in! I’m interested to see this book club’esque implementation; I’ll be sure to check back in later in the season.

  3. Gary

    I think this is a great idea and the only other thing I can say is when will it be available in the UK?

  4. Christie Schwab

    How do i sign up

  5. Brian Ford

    Gary: We’re at the mercy of Amazon and publishers when it comes to expanding beyond the US. They’re being a bit slow in working out licensing agreements for lending, but as soon as they do, we’ll assess how we can get it working with Lendle.

    Christie: When you visit you can either sign up using Facebook or Twitter (just log in via one of those options, and you’ll be prompted to make the connection) OR you can create a username and password and sign in that way, without using Facebook/Twitter.

    If you do the latter, you can later associate that account with Facebook and Twitter, or not.

  6. Brian Ford

    Here’s a link to our blog and a tease of the new version:

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